Some days, crafts make sense. Not only do you make (hopefully) a beautiful end product to display, but the process itself can relieve stress. In fact, Michael’s discovered that 49% of Americans use crafts as a coping mechanism during difficult – albeit stressful – times. Since it can be overwhelming to learn something new, turn to these Beginner Cross Stitch Kits if you’re looking for a creative way to provide the relief you need so much. These kits, suitable for kids or approved for adults, come with everything you need to create eye-catching designs, including embroidery hoops, scraps of fabric, needles and thread in different colors. Most of them have designs – be it a bouquet of flowers, cartoon characters, or welcome phrases – printed directly onto the fabric, allowing you to sew them straight like a stencil.
In some cases, these Amazon and Etsy finds are labeled as “embroidery kits,” but they require the same cross stitch method. FYI: Cross stitch is a type of embroidery that uses x-shaped stitches (hence the name) and a mosaic pattern to create a specific image. Because it is more concise and numbered, the end result looks more square than other popular types of embroidery like needle point.
Now that you know the basics, browse these best-selling and top-rated craft kits until you find one that catches your eye.
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Easy to customize
Embroidery starter kit
Designed especially for children
My 1st cross stitch kit
While they learn the basics of cross stitch, they will reveal a mystical unicorn, which can be sewn in the thread colors of their choice. Once complete, they can tie a piece of string through the plastic loop and tie it to a gift bag, a Christmas tree, or some other place that needs magic.
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Easy-to-follow stamped option
Stamped cross stitch kit
An adorable forest scene is printed directly on this 9 “x 9” fabric, so you can see exactly what you’re sewing when switching from one color to another.
Cross stitch kit for hanging plants
This pattern may seem too complex for your skill level, but it is surprisingly simple to sew: there is a subtle colored outline on the fabric, so you can follow along. And if you get lost, simply refer to the accompanying booklet, complete with step-by-step instructions.
Best value for money (if you really want to commit)
Set of 3 cross-stitch starter kits
If you’d rather have options (say, cacti versus flowers), get more for your money with this three-piece set. It comes with all the necessary tools, including three pieces of fabric printed with a subtle outline to follow.
Minnie Mouse counted cross stitch kit
Disney fans of all ages will be able to tackle this little one – or shall we say, Minnie – Arts and crafts. In addition to its recognizable design, this child-friendly kit includes only three colors of wire, which makes it practically foolproof.
For something modern
Custom Text Cross Stitch Kit
Send a short phrase to this Etsy seller – “Welcome Home”, for example – and they’ll create a custom design that you can bring to life with the colors of yarn that match your space.
Floral embossed cross stitch kit
Working with a larger canvas can work in your favor, especially if the tiny dots are hard on your eyes. While the colors of the platforms are quite discreet, the pre-printed canvas makes it easy to know what.
For a counted approach
Pastel rainbow heart cross stitch kit
Let the rainbow pattern show the way by counting the dots from red to purple (or vice versa) until a heart forms. If you get lost, simply count your points according to the kit instructions and pick up where you left off.
Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch Starter Kit
This embroidery kit almost reaches the middle ground, but it’s pretty simple for everyone if you follow the directions to a tee. Once finished, you can blot the cloth with water to remove the printed pattern, if it is still visible through the thread.
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